Samsung is reportedly replacing Android with in-house Tizen OS in the second-gen Galaxy Gear in order to reduce its dependence on Google.
At the Mobile World Congress 2014, Samsung will unveil the second-gen of Galaxy Gear smartwatch. Unlike the original Galaxy Gear, the smartwatch will be based on Tizen OS instead of Android.
It appears Samsung doesn’t want to give control to Google, in the context of wearable; and has opted for Tizen over Android this time. The Galaxy maker has developed this new platform collaborating with various partners. According to reports, the version of Tizen designed for smartwatch will be based on HTML5 so as to eliminate old problems related to poor battery life in its predecessor.
For quite some time, Samsung has been seeing Tizen as an alternative to Android, to reduce its dependence on the Mountain View group. Although, the development of new OS had several problems and postponed its debut many times, but the integration of Tizen with the Galaxy Gear 2 will allow users to be familiar with it before Samsung decides to abandon Android ecosystem completely.
The first Galaxy Gear is based on Android and works only with Samsung’s Android smartphones, selective only. Presumably, the Galaxy Gear 2 with Tizen will continue its legacy and work with the devices based on Google’s operating system. If it doesn’t, it will certainly be a flop.
The Galaxy Gear 2 is one of the upcoming sensation from the South Korean giant for its customers. The smartwatch is expected to arrive at UNPACKED 5 event during the Mobile World Congress 2014, which will take place from February 24 to 27 in Barcelona. In addition, Samsung is also gearing up to unveil the highly-anticipated Galaxy S5, and perhaps, a new series of the Galaxy Tab 4.
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